Debian IRC Network moves to OFTC

June 4th, 2006

Starting with today the Debian IRC host alias directs to maintained by the Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC). An increasing number of online discussions has been taken place in this network already despite pointing to a different network. In recognition of that, Debian has decided to move the alias over.

The Debian project wishes to thank Freenode, the well-known Free Software friendly IRC network that has been providing the IRC service for Debian for the past years.

IRC clients configured to connect to (as with most IRC clients packaged in Debian) should need no changes by users wishing to follow the changeover, but long-running clients may need to be reconnected or restarted. Developers will be on hand in most of the common development channels on both networks in case any help is needed.

About Debian

Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible.

About OFTC

The Open and Free Technology Community aims to provide stable and effective collaboration services to members of the community in any part of the world, while closely listening to their needs and desires. It is also a sister organisation of Debian, as both are supported and represented by Software in the Public Interest, Inc..

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